Sunday, 31 May 2020

Sunday

Good morning, everyone.  So the sunshine goes on for several more days and the watering can comes into its own!  Because of the gentle breeze yesterday, it was warm but not hot and, unfortunately, the pollen was blowing around so it was a day troubled with sneezes, sniffles and sore eyes.  I don't know about you, but nowadays, when I cough or sneeze, even though I know it is hay fever related, I feel so guilty.  Suddenly, one gets glares instead of sympathetic smiles. 

Hay fever apart, it was a pretty nice day.  The main happening was meeting Beth at the allotment.  First we watered.  Then we set to with scrubbing brushes, cold water and 'stardrops' cleaning fluid and attached the top of the table and the two benches that tuck in at either side.  This table has been standing under the trees at the back of the allotment for a while now and is getting pretty ropey not but is still good for a couple of years at least.
It has a very good cover which keeps the worst of the elements off but snails and spiders do creep under for shelter so it always needs a scrub at the start of the season.  Ditto for the benches.

While that was drying, we had coffee (keeping our distance) and then Beth showed me her plans for the raised beds which I think we will adopt.  Following that, I got six tomato plants in some spaces and tied some 'restraining' string around and across the broad beans.  They don't need support as such but are easily blown flat, especially once heavy with pods, so this should just be enough to stop them flattening.

Finally, we treated everything to another good drink before leaving, feeling happy and contented.

There's nothing in the diary today.  Normally I'd think 'a trip to Hyde Hall would be nice' but it's not open and when it does open (soon, I believe), one has to book in advance as they are restricting the number of visitors to RHS members only (which I am so no problems there).

I'll probably take the country road out and stroll along for a while, just for the fresh air and the green-ness (I wonder if my mask would mask the pollen as well as the virus) and spend the rest of the day pottering in my own dear little garden.  There's a few jobs that need doing and a very comfortable chair to read in.

I might so a bit of sewing, if motivation hits and it is my turn to water the allotment and do a bit of weeding.

That should fill the day nicely!
Have a good one and stay safe.  xx

10 comments:

  1. I'm not going out so I wondered about the reaction of others to hayfever related coughs and sneezes. I'm safer indoors, I'd probably be lynched!

    I'm looking forward to the rain we're promised for Wednesday and hoping it's enough of a downpour to give the gardens a good soaking. Although watering can duties most evenings is quite relaxing.

    I too am waiting for places to reopen. The National Trust will be operating a booking service as well to keep the numbers down. I don't know what Longleat will do but hope it is something similar.

    Enjoy your stroll if you do decide to go out for a wander x

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    1. A good downpour would be great. Enough to soak and, ideally, overnight!
      I agree, watering is very relaxing. There's something about the sound of water, isn't there?
      xx

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  2. I'm pleased to read that I am not the only one sneezing with all the pollen in the air. Have a good day on the allotment I will need to do some weeding in the greenhouse. If you think weeds do well outdoors imagine how they like being underglass.

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    1. Indeed you're not. I've just contributed to a Facebook thread of people living round here and they've also had it badly over the last few days.
      (I'd rather not imagine, thank you - horrid things)
      xx

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  3. I too seem to be suffering with hayfever for the first time this year. Thankfully it isn't too bad at the moment, just some irritating sneezing, which as you say, I feel terribly guilty about.
    I've not been out walking for several days now. The weather is glorious and we have the paddling pool out.
    Enjoy your day. X

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    1. Thank you, it's going well so far.

      A paddling pool sounds fantastic and I hope the sneezes go away soon.
      xx

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  4. I heard some one coughing when I was in the pharmacy yesterday, I did notice everyone looking up from the shopping to see where the cough was coming from,, I suppose it will stay with us the fear of germs. My husband has allergies and he’s just beginning to suffer, we are just starting to have the trees blossom here. Sounds like a nice quiet day for you, enjoy!

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    1. I'm sure you're right there.
      It's going very nicely so far apart from an almighty kitchen smash!!
      xx

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  5. Sorry to hear your hay fever is bad, must be exasperating. Hope it is over soon.

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    1. It's quite a nuisance but, over the years, I've got used to it. It's generally a lot lighter than it used to be, thankfully.
      xx

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